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The Medieval Theater Of Cruelty


Author : Jody Enders
language : en
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Release Date : 2002


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Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. Theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal, she points out, that the ideology of torture was a widely accepted means for exploiting such essential elements of the stage and stagecraft as dramatic verisimilitude, pity, fear, and catharsis to fabricate truth. Analyzing the consequences of torture for the history of aesthetics in general and of drama in particular, Enders shows that if the violence embedded in the history of rhetoric is acknowledged, we are better able to understand not only the enduring "theater of cruelty" identified by theorists from Isidore of Seville to Antonin Artaud, but also the continuing modern devotion to the spectacle of pain.

Love And Conflict In Medieval Drama


Author : Lynette Muir
language : en
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date : 2007-07-05


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A detailed study of the stories dramatised in Europe before 1500.

Death By Drama And Other Medieval Urban Legends


Author : Jody Enders
language : en
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date : 2005-05-15


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Part of every legend is true. Or so argues Jody Enders in this fascinating look at early French drama and the way it compels us to consider where the stage ends and where real life begins. This ambitious and bracing study explores fourteen tales of the theater that are at turns dark and dangerous, sexy and scandalous, humorous and frightening—stories that are nurtured by the confusion between truth and fiction, and imitation and enactment, until it becomes impossible to tell whether life is imitating art, or art is imitating life. Was a convicted criminal executed on stage during a beheading scene? Was an unfortunate actor driven insane while playing a madman? Did a theatrical enactment of a crucifixion result in a real one? Did an androgynous young man seduce a priest when portraying a female saint? Enders answers these and other questions while presenting a treasure trove of tales that have long seemed true but are actually medieval urban legends. On topics ranging through politics, religion, marriage, class, and law, these tales, Enders argues, do the cultural work of all urban legends: they disclose the hopes, fears, and anxieties of their tellers. Each one represents a medieval meditation created or dramatized by the theater with its power to blur the line between fiction and reality, engaging anyone who watches, performs, or is represented by it. Each one also raises pressing questions about the medieval and modern world on the eve of the Reformation, when Europe had never engaged more anxiously and fervently in the great debate about what was real, what was pretend, and what was pretense. Written with elegance and flair, and meticulously researched, Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends will interest scholars of medieval and Renaissance literature, history, theater, performance studies, and anyone curious about urban legends.

Chapters From The History Of Stage Cruelty


Author : Günter Ahrends
language : en
Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag
Release Date : 1994


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European Drama Of The Early Middle Ages


Author : Richard Axton
language : en
Publisher: [Pittsburgh] : University of Pittsburgh Press
Release Date : 1975


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Aspects Of Genre In Late Medieval French Drama


Author : Alan E. Knight
language : en
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Release Date : 1983-01-01


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The Theater And Its Double


Author : Antonin Artaud
language : en
Publisher: Grove Press
Release Date : 1958


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A collection of manifestos originally published in 1938, in which the French artist and philosopher attacks conventional assumptions about the drama, and calls for the influx of irrational material - based on dreams, religion, and emotion - in order to make the theater vital for modern audiences.